Been a crazy, crazy week, both at work and at home. There hasn’t been much time to paddle, take photos, or chase down fire towers or old schools. Here’s a brief rundown…
Our computer shipments have started to arrive. We’ve ordered far less than we usually do, but there were still pains. Our normally wonderful system integrators, CSI Technology Outfitters, let me down this year. Because we couldn’t get the deployment sorted out in time, I had to cancel my SCETV workshops for this summer. That prompted a very painful phone call to my friend Debbie Jarrett to let her know I wouldn’t be there to do the Google Earth workshops this time. Disappointments all around.
Between Friday’s off and furlough days, the summer has been quieter around the office, now the mad rush toward the start of school begins.
We got new carpet. That meant moving everything except the furniture (the installers do that) and getting the rooms ready. When the installers removed the carpet in the den we uncovered gorgeous hardwood floors. We almost sent the installers home. However, there was some damage in the dining room that would have required quite a bit of work, so we had them go ahead and install in a manner that wouldn’t damage the floors, should we change our minds.
Moving everything meant disassembling our television and entertainment system. It was a great chance to evaluate our system and make some changes. We replaced our aging CRT television with a new flat LCD TV, and upgraded to Charter DVR. The whole system looks a bit cleaner now. The big old TV has been lugged down to the basement so we can play Wii.
Saturday evening we saw Inception. Absolutely fantastic movie! There are lots of Matrix-like elements to the movie, but the concept is original, and pulled off brilliantly. The weird dream-state physics actually hold together and make sense. The acting is excellent, especially young Ellen Page, who to me is the real star of the film. There’s lots of action violence and gun play, but no gore. I’m not sure I heard a single word of profanity the entire film. I think this one will wind up in our DVD collection.